It’s the time of year when exploring art doesn’t mean spending the day inside a museum. Laguna Beach’s big three events that run through next month make this the season to get up close and personal with many painters, sculptors and other artists who call Southern California home.One of the area’s best-known cultural
To theater fans, summer means al fresco Shakespeare, and Orange County offers a couple of tempting options.UC Irvine offers an unorthodox and intimate experience with its New Swan Shakespeare Festival, held in a nautilus-shaped pop-up venue that offers everyone a seat close to the action. This summer, artistic director Eli Simon and his cr
Taking kids to the beach isn’t always, well, a day at the beach. There’s unloading all the toys, towels and beachy necessities, then trudging across hot sand to find a place in the sun – and that’s after you’ve navigated bummer-to-bummer traffic and miraculously found a parking spot.Beach reporter Laylan
Never one to watch much TV, architect Jeffrey Gill likes to be on the move – hiking, traveling, visiting friends – unless he is hunkered down with one of the long, complex historical novels he began reading as a teenager. Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth,” set in 12th-century England, is one of his favorites,
What do you give the man who has everything? If it’s the spiritually enlightened 14th Dalai Lama, you skip the tie and the cufflinks and aim straight for nothing less than world peace. That’s the inspiration behind the Global Compassion Summit, held July 5-7 at the Honda Center to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, put o
The artist: The longtime Laguna Beach resident is known for paintings of human figures that bridge the gap between realism and abstraction. Born in Eugene, Ore., Dubin, 59, spent his teens in London, where he was influenced by classical art, before moving to Newport Beach and attending Corona del Mar High School. Dubin mentors graduate st
Author Anita Hughes loves to spin tales set in beautiful places. That’s why Orange County was featured in her debut novel, “Monarch Beach.” “San Francisco, Laguna Beach, Lake Como,” she says, ticking off locales; “I set my novels in these gorgeous locations because I feel like I’m there while I&rsquo
Two singular experiences frame the breadth of Dan Duling’s writing career. One, the 1997 sci-fi movie “Last Lives,” featured a man grappling “against time, space, and his own mortality,” in the words of the review website Rotten Tomatoes, and starred “a criminal from an alternate universe who has a psychic lin
Gastropubs aren’t new to the Orange County dining scene, but what is new is the mindset. Gone are the days when grabbing a drink with friends meant nursing a flavorless bottled beer with an apathetically plated appetizer. More than just bars that serve food, today’s gastropubs delight in delicious inventions. “I don&rsquo
In her airy Emerald Bay villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Angela Tesselaar is the very picture of sophisticated yet approachable elegance. This Laguna Beach interior designer and home decor proprietor is the kind of woman you’ll find with her hair in a neat chignon, diamond stud earrings glistening at her lobes and a Brunello Cucinelli
On Christmas morning when Dana Point’s Chris Hemans was 6 years old, he ran downstairs to get a look at what Santa had put under the tree. To his amazement, he found an 8-foot Sabot sailboat (how Santa got it down the chimney wasn’t questioned). By Christmas night, Hemans was a sailor for life.Decades later and now the father o
After the electric guitar notes from the day’s live entertainment have faded, after the no-longer-needed sunscreen gets plunked back to its place at the bottom of the beach bag, the final, most glorious Fourth of July tradition begins at Newport Dunes. We gather at the beach facing the lagoon, by the restaurant and at the marina. Mar
Produced between 1963 and 1965, the Aston Martin DB5 is considered by some to be the pinnacle of the bespoke British brand’s coveted vehicles. It was immortalized in the 1964 James Bond flick “Goldfinger.” In an intriguing piece of cinema history, the actual DB5 used in the film was the subject of a real-life heist in 1997 and
Among local culinary wizards, a handful of veterans rise head and shoulders above the rest. Brimming with creativity and proven leadership ability, each has the physical stamina and strength of character to put out fires — sometimes literally — and leave it all behind the kitchen door when he walks into the dining room to graciou
Testing a foot-only Forest Avenue Cities across the nation have experimented with closing shop-lined streets to vehicles to create a pedestrian-friendly environment resembling a retail mall. Some have worked, some have not. The city of Huntington Beach has gone back and forth with the idea of closing Main Street fo
Newport Harbor and the Balboa Peninsula embody the endless-summer lifestyle for which coastal Orange County is justly famous. And what’s not to love about the wide-open beaches, The Wedge, the idyllic pace of Balboa Island, the impressive yachts in the harbor, the bustle of Oceanfront Drive…? More than 100 restaurants and bars s
In order to achieve smooth and flawless skin celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alicia Keys have flocked to dermatologist Zein Obagi, M.D., the man in charge of the Obagi Skin Health Institute headquartered in Beverly Hills.
The "Obagi experience" required a trip to Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach or San Gabriel to v
The future is now for the fusion of fashion and high-tech. What once was sci-fi is now wearable reality, starting at the wrist with the Dick Tracy-like Apple Watch and with Gucci’s “smartband” partnership with will.i.am (the first recording artist to send a song to Mars). Before long you can go cyborg style head to toe: Google
The ClassicThe cheeseburger at Shock Top Brew Pub satisfies the meat lovers in the stands. The juicy, hand-formed burger, made with top-grade meat, cheddar cheese and a fluffy brioche bun, hits the spot. According to Johnson, “The biggest surprise at Angel Stadium comes early in the night at Shock Top Brew Pub, an indoor/outdo
What’s a perfect day for Lynn Selich? Heading to Catalina with her husband, Ed, the mayor of Newport Beach, aboard their 43-foot fishing boat, Fast Eddie, with their toy Chihuahua, Charlie, in tow.
If anyone in Newport Beach is busier than the mayor, it might be the mayor’s wife, Lynn Selich. Her media presence
Super-luxury SUVs are a mainstay of coastal OC motoring. With its blend of off-road prowess and über-posh amenities, the Land Rover Range Rover has been a perennial favorite. Those stakes recently went up with the introduction of the $200,000 Range Rover SVAutobiography. Crafted by the brand’s covert-sounding Special Vehicl
David Fuñe, head chef at Splashes in Laguna Beach, is serious about his work. His dishes are tightly composed, and he deftly mixes traditional techniques with molecular gastronomy. Each dish that leaves his kitchen is plated with tweezer-level precision.
That doesn’t mean that Chef Fuñe is stuffy, however.
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By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
Summer cocktails have a bad rap for being too sweet or slushy – or kitschy. (We’re talking about you, beer margaritas.) When the Fahrenheit rises what you really want is something refreshing. John Nye, Driftwood Kitchen’s director of operations, knows how to quench your thirst. Enter the Laguna mule. Nye says there&
The glamour of old Hollywood movies like Rita Hayworth’s “Gilda” inspired Charlotte Dellal, the award-winning designer of the fanciful luxury brand Charlotte Olympia, to take up a career in fashion. Since Dellal launched her first line of island platforms in 2008, her distinctive blend of Italian-made craftsmanship and vamp
Beach SeenLooking to import a sense of worldly beach chic into your home? Long Beach-based Black Crow Studios custom wallpaper company is bringing a new wave of high-impact, seaside-influenced images right to the wall. Partnering with Southern California-based photographer Gray Malin, who is known for his iconic beach images, Black